When you’re on a restricted diet, packing snacks can feel like a bit of a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! There are lots of creative ideas without much expense! I have one of those adorable insulated bags, which makes things very handy, and it looks pretty as well. If you don’t have one, you may want to consider the small up-front investment.
Gluten-Free Snack Ideas
Dried FruitThis is an absolute staple for my kiddos. They love raisins, craisins, dried apples, and lots more! You can buy them already dried from Amazon or your grocery store, or even dry them yourself with a dehydrator!
Hard Boiled EggsI add a little salt and pepper and put these in a small leftover container. Eggs give a nice protein punch and some substance. Of course, they can also be messy, so make sure to pack some napkins!
Cut Veggies and DipCut up cucumbers, carrots, peppers, etc., and take along your kiddos’ favorite dip/dressing in a small container.
Cut FruitMy kids especially love apples, peeled and sliced. If you’re worried about your apples turning brown, don’t be! Just mix a cup of water with 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice and “wash” your apples with it. It should keep them from browning.
My kids especially love Larabars and EnviroKidz crispy bars. These are nice because they are filling without having to mess with a sandwich.
Gluten-Free PretzelsWe love Glutino or Snyder’s.
Potato ChipsYes I know, not terribly healthy but so nice to have around! Sweet potato chips are also wonderful, lower carb, and filling!
Gluten-Free MuffinsMuffins are substantial enough to replace a sandwich and so easy to stick in a little baggie or container to transport. They hold together well and travel well, too!
These are just a few of our usual accompaniments on a day out with the kiddos. Feel free to add a comment with some of your favorite ideas as well!